A lot has been said about wealth and poverty…often in praise of poverty and lack. But is poverty the way to salvation? Can poverty save lives? I believe that the notion that wealth is wrong is more social than scriptural. But this philosophy and way of thinking has been with us throughout the ages. Will the fact that this perception has been accepted by a majority of us now make it true? I don’t think so. I don’t think there is anything wrong in desiring to be rich.
Wallace Wattles felt the same way too, when he wrote in his classic “The science of getting rich”; “Whatever maybe said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with…and society is so organized that man must have money in order to become the possessor of things…” that make life easy.
I believe there is nothing wrong to be rich or desiring to be rich. And before you begin to wonder why, I know what it is to live in poverty, to be called POOR. I know what it is like to eat one meal a day…and drink water to “fill up the space”. I know what it is like to drink water from the same source you bath and wash your clothes in. I know what it feels like to live at the mercies of others, and always wear handed down clothes…to trek kilometres to school, and owing just one set of worn out school uniforms. I know what it is like to not have, and always wishing the next person you meet will show compassion on you and give you a note.
And when I think about all these, I don’t think that is God’s will for us His children. I don’t think God kept me here to live below or on a dollar a day. I don’t think it is God’s will for me to wear handed down clothes. I don’t think it is God’s will for me not to have offerings to give in church. No, because the scripture says; “the blessings of the Lord maketh rich and add no sorrows to it.” Also, “And God is able to make all grace (every favour and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient (Possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation)…thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous…”
Folks, it is what we do with money that matters. It is how we get the money that counts. “To the extent that money is the measure of the services we perform to others, its accumulation is noble. To the extent that we press our money into the service of those we love, to provide them with as warm and comfortable and as secure an existence as possible, its disbursement is inspired and divine.”